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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

Sale of all non-core assets to be wrapped up by mid-year

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 State-owned forestry company, the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol) has begun the sale of its non-core assets and has called on the private sector to submit bids for these properties. 

Mossel Bay firm wins R14-m timber trailer contract

15th March 2002 Mossel Bay-based engineering and transportation solution company John Daniel Containers (JDC) has been awarded a R14-million contract for the supply of 35 trailers and the fitment of truck bodies, which will be used in the transportation of timber. 

Restructuring to revive rural communities

15th March 2002 The restructuring of South Africa’s commercial forest plantations is being undertaken in a way which will ensure their continued contribution to rural economic development and poverty reduction in rural communities, said Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Ronnie Kasrils at a... 

South African forest products inch down on the value chain

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 The South African forest products industry is steadily moving away from its tradition of exporting of rough sawn timber and is beginning to edge down the value chain towards a situation where more and more local beneficiation is taking place. 

Technology is key to forestry's success

15th March 2002 South Africa has about 1,5-million hectares of plantations, which produce more than 16-million tons of timber a year. 

Landmark electricity-supply deal

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 An energy supply agreement will be signed this month between Anglo-owned paper manufacturing company Mondi and a consortium, Biotrace Trading, a grouping of the Gensec-owned Fieldstone Incorporated and Babcock Africa Contracting, a subsidiary of Babcock. 

Harnessing safety

15th March 2002 Distributors of the tractel range of safety-equipment in Southern Africa Bellambie Mining and Industrial, has a range of fall-arrest equipment, including safety harnesses and working belts, suitable for use in the paper, pulp and timber industry. 

Forest engineering centre of excellence

15th March 2002 Forest Engineering, a section of the Forest Science Department of the University of Stellenbosch and the Forestry Department of Port Elizabeth Technikons' George Campus, have formalised a strategic partnership which they call the Centre of Forest Operations Management. 

Seeing the wood for the trees

15th March 2002 According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s most recent State of the World's Forests report , there are an estimated 3 870-million hectares of forest worldwide, of which almost 95% are natural forests and 5% are forest plantations. 

West Cape forests on State's chopping block

8th March 2002 The States ongoing withdrawal from, and privatisation of, the plantation forestry sector is set to make significant strides forward this year with the sale of 75% of the South African Forestry Company’s (Safcol) Southern and Western Cape forestry packages. 

Growing demand leads to a doubling of foundry output

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th November 2001 East Rand steel abrasives maker Thor Foundry, which started production in April last year, reports that demand has grown so phenomenally that it has had to more than double its monthly production to around 2 200 t. 

Forest restructuring: seeing the wood for the trees

By: Irma Venter     23rd November 2001 While the privatisation process of South Africa’s State-owned assets, such as Telkom and Transnet remain plagued by delays, the wheels are at least starting to roll for the sale of the country’s commercial forests. 

Forest restructuring: seeing the wood for the trees

23rd November 2001 While the privatisation process of South Africa's State-owned assets, such as Telkom and Transnet, remain plagued by delays, the wheels are at least starting to roll for the sale of the country's commercial forests. 

Defence procurement deal spurs multibillion-rand forestry venture

21st November 2001 In one of South Africa’s largest National Industrial Participation (Nip) initiatives linked to South Africa’s strategic defence procurement programme, BAE Systems-Saab has teamed up with US-based Global Environment Fund and Mondi in a venture set to generate more than R5-billion in... 

Calls for consolidation to help sector grow

12th October 2001 Despite experiencing positive market conditions over the last 18 months, the R1,1-billion South African pump market has not experienced growth in real terms for several years now. 

Pump production bodes well for economy

12th October 2001 If the pump manufacturing industry is an accurate barometer of the state of the economy, then Steloy Stainless Castings believes there is reason for optimism. 

SA boiler-tube spacers for UK

28th September 2001 One of the few foundries in the Southern Hemisphere which can supply all the available high-technology alloys, Rely Precision Castings has successfully completed an export order for boiler-tube spacers using heat-resistant metals and investment casting technology. 

Blacksmith icon hangs up hammer

By: Laura Franz     21st September 2001 With his retirement earlier this year, just shy of his 65th year of service, blacksmith Bobby Bell laid down his hammer for the last time at the smithy of pressings and forgings manufacturer George Stott & Co, of Johannesburg. 

Equipment exports grow 200%

14th September 2001 Exports of stainless-steel equipment with stainless-steel cast parts from Steloy Stainless Castings have grown by 200 % during the last 12 months. 

Gauteng foundry adopts Finnish group benchmark

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 International rock- and minerals-processing equipment supplier Nordberg’s two Vereeniging, Gauteng, foundries have embarked on an extensive re-engineering project in co-operation with their sister companies in Finland. 

Return to investment casting mooted

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Foundries, forges & die-casting 

Acquistion boosts local company

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Foundries, forges & die-casting 

East Rand forge is set to more than double its current production levels

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Foundries, forges & die-casting 

Specialised industrial coating contract to be secured

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Foundries, forges & die-casting 

German approval for local alloys

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Foundries, forges & die-casting 

Hydroforming equipment introduced to South Africa

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Foundries, forges & die-casting 

Impeller contract secured

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Foundries, forges & die-casting 

Forestry research funding slashed

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board & forestry products 

Timber industry to pick up this year

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Restructuring is taking too long

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Future of forestry being planned

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Balancing the forestry sector

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

In search of new uses for the eucalyptus saligna inner core

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Integrated approach considered

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Cape foundry in castings ramp-up 

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Cape Town company Atlantis Foundries is expected to increase its yearly production from 

Factory File

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Factory 

Mathews Phosa enters SA forestry fray

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Lesser men might have buckled at the prospect of a last-minute withdrawal of a key international partner from their consortium four days before the deadline for submission of firm bids for the State-owned Safcol and Department of Water Affairs Forestry (Dwaf) assets. 

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